About Us

Welcoming children from the age of 2, Chilbolton Pre-School aims to provide a caring environment where children can learn to interact with other children and adults on what might be their first venture away from home. Stimulating play activities help them to learn to orientate themselves socially, taking turns, sharing and negotiating, enabling them to develop their full potential. We feel that when children are relaxed, safe, valued and having fun it builds their confidence and develops independence making them happier to learn and of course paving the way for their move to school.

Our Aims

Our setting aims to:

  • Provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age;
  • Work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop;
  • Add to the life and well-being of the local community; and
  • Offer children and their parents a service that promotes equality and values diversity.

Parents are regarded as members of our setting who have full participatory rights. These include a right to be:

  • Valued and respected;
  • Consulted;
  • Involved; and
  • Included at all levels.

As a community based, voluntary managed registered charity, we depend on the good will of parents and their involvement to keep going. Membership of the setting carries expectations on parents for their support and commitment.

We aim to ensure that each child:

  • Is in a safe and stimulating environment;
  • Is given generous care and attention, because of our ratio of qualified staff to children, as well as volunteer parent helpers;
  • Has the chance to join with other children and adults to play, work and learn together;
  • Is helped to take forward her/his learning and development by being helped to build on what she/he already knows and can do;
  • Has a personal key carer who makes sure each child makes satisfying progress;
  • Is in a setting that sees parents as partners in helping each child to learn and develop; and
  • Is in a setting in which parents help to shape the service it offers.


A DBS checked parent management committee manages the setting. (DBS is Disclosure and Barring Service – what used to be known as the Criminal Records Bureau). They are elected by the parents at our Annual General Meeting. The manager is also represented on the committee. The manager is responsible for the smooth running of the Pre-school on a day to day basis and reports to the committee.  All minutes from the committee meetings are available for parents to view if they wish.  We are always keen for new parents to join us.

The committee is responsible for:

  • Managing the setting’s finances;
  • Employing and managing the staff;
  • Making sure that the setting has, and works to, policies that help it to provide a high quality service; and
  • Making sure that the setting works in partnership with the children’s parents.

The Annual General Meeting is open to the parents of all of the children who attend the setting. It is our shared forum for looking back over the previous year’s activities and shaping the coming year’s plan.


The staff who work hard to make our setting so special are:

Name Job Title Qualifications and Experience
Samantha Inglis Manager/Leader NNEB
First Aider
Melanie Barrett Deputy NVQ3, Health and Safety,
First Aider
Debbie Sullivan Assistant NVQ3
First Aider
Stacey Bradley Assistant NVQ3
First Aider
Tara O’Neil Assistant NVQ3, SENCo
First Aider
Special Educational Needs
We have Makaton aware staff & experience with Downs Syndrome, Developmental Delay and partial sightedness.

Links with Primary Schools

Chilbolton Pre-School has strong links with both Wherwell and Clatford Primary schools.  We regularly liaise and during the summer term the reception class teacher visits us and joins in activities.  This makes the transition from Pre-School to School a smooth and happy one for all the children.  Wherwell Primary School welcome us into their setting as we prepare children for the larger environment – eating lunch with the “big” children etc.

We do, of course, welcome children who intend attending other primary schools in the area and will establish links with the relevant reception teachers as needed.